I lost weight WITHOUT cardio!!!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
You may or may not know that I ran a lot in 2010. I started in March by training for a 10k, my first race to ever run. Then I ran another 10k in May and started training for a half-marathon in August. I reached my goal weight and then some by the half-marathon. I then started training to run a full marathon in December. I haven't had a chance yet to figure out how many miles I ran last year, but it felt like more than it probably was. I digress.
My point to all of this is that I was always hungry while I was training for a race, and I wouldn't always stick to my calorie goals each day as my mileage was increasing. I figured the extra running would help me burn the extra calories. However, if you look at my weight graph on SP, there is a definite curve from August to December/January. The curve was going in the right direction from March to August, and then it started going back up. Of course, the holidays hit towards the end, and I just decided I would worry about my weight after New Year's. I hadn't put that much on, but I did weigh more one day in December or January than I weighed when I started SP in March!
I had foot surgery on January 4th (a week ago) and weighed myself that morning. I weighed 130.6 on our scales at home. I couldn't do any cardio this past week, but I did some strength training a few days, and I STAYED WITHIN MY CALORIE RANGE EVERYDAY! I swear that's all I did. What else could I do with a throbbing foot that won't bend? I weighed this morning, and was surprised and happy to see 128.4 on the scales.
I won't say it has been easy to stay within calorie range, especially since my hubby brought home cinnamon rolls yesterday--ugh! He knows how much I love those, but I only ate half of one and counted that as my afternoon snack.
I'm planning to check out our neighborhood's amenity center today and see if they have anything I could use for cardio. I have used the treadmill there in the past for training runs, but I didn't pay attention to what else they have. I think there is a stationary bicycle, which might work soon. I doubt there is a rowing machine, but that would be awesome. I refuse to get a gym membership because I wouldn't use it enough. We have an elliptical at home, so I can do that in a few more weeks. I just need something to keep from losing all the muscle tone I developed training for a marathon.
Anyway, I just wanted to say weight loss can occur without cardio. I never thought I could lose weight without doing any cardio, but apparently it really is all about the nutrition.